Arctic Devil Barley Wine, aptly named after the ferocious wolverine of the north, is an English-style (meaning malt-inclined) barley wine. Though the recipe and process for Arctic Devil have evolved over the years, it is brewed once a year then aged in oak barrels for several months before the entire batch is blended, bottled and released. Arctic Devil is released once a year in the fall.
In its youth, Arctic Devil gnarls and snarls its way across the palate. Containing this beast of a beer for long periods in oak barrels–some having previously aged port, wine or whiskey–tames the unleashed malt and fierce hop flavors, melding and mellowing this powerful liquid into an incredible elixir worthy of a brewer’s table.
Final rating: 4.45/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Zwak glass. Thanks Keith for hooking me up with this!
Appearance – pours a hazy maroon-amber body with a thick off white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention. Some settling
Smell – tons of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, cookie dough, some bourbon, caramel, honey, molasses. Sweet and inviting.
Taste – upfront I get molasses and vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, the follow through has some coffee and roastyness. The finish is sugar cookies, very sweet and syrupy. Not much alcohol detected at all.
Mouthfeel – medium – heavy body, low carbonation
What an outstanding representation of a barleywine – complex, balanced, and sip demanding. The bourbon barrels really add tons of flavor to this beer. Seek it out.
Serving type: on-tap
08-06-2014 03:11:13 |